Sherrie L. Aspinall is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the School of Pharmacy of the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a clinical pharmacy specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Medication Safety and a core faculty member of the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. Dr. Aspinall received both her BS degree in Pharmacy and PharmD from Duquesne University. She completed an ASHP-accredited General Pharmacy Residency at Mercy Hospital and accepted a position with the University of Pittsburgh and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) upon finishing the residency program.
As a clinical pharmacy specialist in the areas of infectious diseases and anticoagulation with the VAPHS, Dr. Aspinall was responsible for managing antibiotics in inpatients and adjusting and monitoring warfarin therapy in inpatients and outpatients. She taught in the Pharmacotherapy of Infectious Disease Course and was also a preceptor for pharmacy students who elected to complete an infectious disease rotation as part of their experiential education during the fourth professional year. During her time with the VAPHS, she also helped to develop the Pharmacy Practice Residency and was the Director of the program for seven years. After 12 years as a teacher, clinician and administrator, Dr. Aspinall decided to focus on research and accepted a position with the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. After joining the Center, Dr. Aspinall obtained a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Research from the University of Pittsburgh and was the first pharmacist to be awarded a VA Health Services Research and Development Research Career Development Award. In her current positions, Dr. Aspinall continues to mentor and work with pharmacy residents from the University of Pittsburgh, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and other VA medical centers on their research projects.
As a clinical pharmacy specialist with the VA Center for Medication Safety, Dr. Aspinall is primarily responsible for developing pharmacoeconomic and outcome studies to assess the appropriate, safe and cost-effective use of medications within the VA. Her ongoing studies involve several medications that are frequently associated with adverse drug events. Dr. Aspinall is committed to helping pharmacists develop the skills necessary to become independent researchers.